About Us

Dr Deb Dempsey is a Lecturer in Sociology at Swinburne University of Technology. Deb’s research background is in the sociology of the family, relationships and sexuality. Her research interests include fatherhood and fathering, social aspects of genetic technologies (particularly assisted reproductive technologies), and the socio-legal and relational aspects of same-sex parenting relationships.

All media enquiries should be directed to Deb Dempsey at ddempsey@swin.edu.au

Dr Jo Lindsay is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Monash University.  Jo specializes in the sociology of families, youth and health. Her research interests include gender relations, work/family balance and consumption. In the families field Jo has undertaken research on unmarried cohabitation and lesbian families.

Naming practices vary dramatically from society to society. In some societies, individuals receive a single given name; while in others, individuals receive one or more given names. Names are bestowed to a rigid timetable in some societies; while in others, weeks, months, or even years may pass before a child is given a name.

Alford 1988,  p 2


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